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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Supplier...Stir plate...Erlenmeyer flask
« on: March 26, 2012, 01:40:44 PM »
I got mine from as well. Great price and great service. I only got the 2L flask with it, though. I found that for what I'm brewing that's been big enough so far, especially since the starter size is smaller when using a stir plate.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 26, 2012, 01:38:01 PM »
I went out of town last late last week and dropped the temp to 37. Bottled it last night and, while nearly black as coal, it was very clear, as in there wasn't anything floating around that I could see.  I think I'll try this with my next pale ale to see how it compares to using gelatin and not dropping the temp.

Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:55:48 PM »
OK, if I go with .25oz Citra, .25 oz Cascade @ 15 mins, then the same at 5 minutes, that gives me 40.8 IBU. I'll throw in a dash of cascade with the citra for dry hops, but it will be mostly citra.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 08:35:21 PM »
The Biofine description mentions stripping out all of the yeast. I'm bottling and not kegging, so would I have to add some back in before bottling?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:01:44 PM »
OK, thanks, I'll go with cold crashing this time and then when I have more time I'll look at stuff like Biofine...or maybe Amazon will get the kosher gelatin back in stock.

Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:57:48 PM »
Setting the pale malt to 4.1 brings the SRM up to 9.6.

I thought about maybe simplifying the hops until I understand how each will effect things. Maybe leave it at citra and cascade near the end, then dry hop with both.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:37:14 PM »
Cold crashing and proper hot-side technique will make a crystal clear beer without finings.

So, do I let it go back up to room temp to bottle?

I personally don't have any particular problem with plastic finings. In the grand scheme of things, plastic finings are probably one of the least dangerous things on the planet.

Yeah, normally I'm quite the skeptic.  I'm committing the naturalistic fallacy here...I'm assuming just because something is from nature (gelatin, isinglass) it's better for me than something that is man-made (plastic).

Yeast and Fermentation / A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:31:40 PM »
I didn't realize gelatin wasn't kosher, or at least the kind I bought wasn't. So my first couple of batches won't be sampled by a few close relatives of mine (more for me!).  But I would like them to try my beer.  But here's my quandary: I can't find kosher gelatin anywhere near me. I did find some on Amazon but it's stupidly expensive (and out of stock).  Isinglass is SOMETIMES kosher but the kind I can find isn't. And while I have no problem with non-kosher stuff, throwing plastic bits (PVPP) in sounds yucky.

My next batch is an oatmeal stout. Rather than bend over backwards to find something by this weekend, can I simply drop the temperature of my fermenter to just above freezing for a day? Would that be of ANY benefit? Or do I just forgo any kind of fining and bottle it as-is? Am I being irrational about my dislike of plastic finings?

Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:09:41 PM »
You may get more citrusy flavor than fruity.  That's a darker crystal than I typically see for an APA. Might be a tad heavy on the victory.

Perhaps swap out the Centennial with something else like Citra?

Looks good to me. I might go 60/15/5/DH to maximize flavor and aroma however...

Sure, I could do that.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Preheated MLT strike water calcs
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:49:46 AM »
And don't do like I did: use Beersmith and tell it grain temp is 72F but put the crushed grain in the fridge until right before dough in...totally missed the strike temp...  :o

Beer Recipes / Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:42:41 AM »
Starting with an SNPA clone then straying far away from it I'm up to this. I'm trying to get something that has a malt sweetness with a floral/fruity hop flavor and just enough bitterness to be called an American Pale Ale. The numbers are all in the middle of the BJCP styles, but since I'm very new to this I have no idea if this will be close to what I think it should be. Any comments welcome.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: My Pale Ale 1
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 7.25 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.50 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.10 gal
Estimated OG: 1.052 SG
Estimated Color: 8.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 37.7 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 81.8 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
10 lbs                Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        90.9 %       
8.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM)    Grain         2        4.5 %         
8.0 oz                Victory Malt (biscuit) (Briess) (28.0 SR Grain         3        4.5 %         
0.750 oz              Magnum [13.10 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           4        31.2 IBUs     
1.00 tsp              Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins)              Fining        5        -             
0.500 oz              Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min     Hop           6        5.8 IBUs     
1.000 oz              Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 1.0 min          Hop           7        0.8 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [35. Yeast         8        -             
1.000 oz              Citra [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days       Hop           9        0.0 IBUs     

Mash Schedule: My Mash/Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 3.91 gal of water at 170.2 F        155.0 F       60 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 3 steps (Drain mash tun, , 2.40gal, 2.40gal) of 168.0 F water

Created with BeerSmith 2 -
Estimated OG 1.052
Estimated IBU 37.7 (Tinseth)
Estimated Color 8.1 SRM
Estimated ABV 5.2%

Ingredients / Re: More floral hops, less grapefruit
« on: March 20, 2012, 12:48:20 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm definitely going to have to brew up some small batch, single hop beers so I can learn each variety.  There's a local brewery who makes great beer but their IPA tastes like grapefruit juice (Intuition I-10 IPA). The can says they use Columbus, Summit, Cascade, and Centennial.

It's interesting that Citra and Hallertau Mittelfreuh were suggested.  I just read that Citra is a blend of Hallertau Mittelfreuh and some others. I'll certainly check out both of those.

Am I correct in noticing that the finish of a beer and change how I taste the hops? So could a more sweet beer impart a more fruity hop taste?

If I recall correctly 5-star designed it for Coors. it's a mild caustic cleaner and can be somewhat irratating to the skin and mucous membranes (in powder form it burns the eyes and lungs fairly unpleasantly)

Definitely irritates.  I got some plumbers gloves for when I use it because I was losing my fingerprints.  :-D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On This Day in 1989...
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:50:01 PM »
My first was in March of 1998.  415 more since then.

Well, you and I have a lot in common, except for the 407 batches in between me using a Mr. Beer kit around the same time you started, then doing nothing until last month.  8) 

Equipment and Software / Re: I love beersmith
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:18:25 PM »
Another vote for Logmein.  I also use it to control my laptop from my iPad and it meets my 2 main criteria for software....easy and effective.

I hate how their app is free for iPad but $29.99 for Android...still looking for a free Android solution...

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